After 3 decades of developing the raspberry industry in the state, Jalisco has established itself as Mexico's leading raspberry producer with 6,269 hectares and a production of 104,000 tons.
The main raspberry producing municipalities are: Zapotlan El Grande (1,971 hectares in production), Jocotepec (1,900 hectares), Zapotiltic (312 hectares), Tuxcueca (270 hectares), Sayula (240 hectares), Tuxpan (235 hectares), Tizapan (196 hectares), Zacoalco de Torres (156 hectares), Amacueca (89 hectares), Tala (55 hectares), and Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos.
The municipality of Jocotepec concentrates almost a quarter of the state's production with 22,382 tons. It already has saturated the lands that have water available for irrigation in the municipal territory, stated the director of Rural Development of this municipality, Francisco Salazar Hernandez.
The profitability of this crop has been key to its expansion, as it offers producers much higher profits than the traditional grains they used to grow.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) in Jalisco has strengthened special programs for the sector to grow, increase the quality of its production, and certify small production units.